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Help protect our most endangered bird

Images: Jacob Ball, DOC

The critically endangered tara iti, New Zealand fairy tern is our most endangered bird with less than 40 birds left in the whole world. 


Sand mining, beach narrowing, weed invasion, predators and human disturbance is a major threat to these birds and we need your help to protect its habitat which has seen progressive degradation and loss of fish and marine life.

The Mangawhai harbour provides essential food and foraging areas for the tara iti, NZ Fairy Tern. There are juat nine breeding pairs in total and seven of these are in Mangawhai and nest on the dunes. This harbour is also home to 26 threatened and at-risk species of birds including the white heron, grey duck, New Zealand dotterel, osyter catchers and shags. As well as threatened bird species, the harbour is home to many different fish species and the whai / stingray which Mangawhai is named after. It is a biodiversity hotspot.

We need your urgent help to advocate for protection measures​, engage people to take action and stop sand mining in the Mangawhai Pakiri area, where these birds nest and feed.

$10 per month


Contribute to digital communications to educate members of public about areas that need protection and what they can do to help

$20 per month


Help us draw attention to the issue of sand mining through coordination with local people, community groups and media engagement

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$5000 one off


Enable us draw attention to the plight of this vulnerable bird, and what needs to be done by contributing to the production of videos. 

Donate today

Your donation will help to:

  • advocate for protection measures

  • highlight issues and solutions

  • educate and engage people to take action 

  • work with our coalition partners to stop sand mining in the Mangawhai Pakiri area, where these birds nest and feed

Positive impacts:

  • Increased connection and growing awareness of this fragile and special environment with locals and visitors

  • Tara iti is saved from extinction

  • Vulnerable habitat is saved 

  • Protections are put in place for at-risk species


When you donate you help give our most vulnerable species a voice.